Mud­dies pumped for fi­nals

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Hay­den Smith

THE fi­nals-bound Dou­glas Mud­dies are pumped up and ready to prove a point: they have what it takes to play top­tier cricket.

Both the se­cond and third­grade sides are firm favourites ahead of this week­end’s Cricket Far North semi-fi­nals.

The sec­onds will be con­fi­dent of an­other strong win when they host Norths – the team they rolled for just 75 last round – while the thirds take on Ma­reeba at Grif­fiths Park in Cairns.

But the Mud­dies’ se­nior sides will this week­end be hunt­ing more than just spots in their re­spec­tive de­ciders.

Af­ter sev­eral years of suc­cess, the club has de­cided to for­mally ap­ply for a spot in the CFN First Grade com­pe­ti­tion from 2016/17 on­wards. Mud­dies sec­re­tary and se­nior coach Dar­ren Hussey said the club was ready to again com­pete at the re­gion’s high­est level of club cricket, de­spite a failed at­tempt in the late-1990s.

“We know there’s a bit of work to be done but we al­ready meet about 99 per cent of the cri­te­ria,” he said.

Hussey said the club’s mem­bers had unan­i­mously de­cided to launch a bid to field first, se­cond and third-grade sides next sea­son.

But he ad­mit­ted the Mud­dies would have to re­cruit wisely over the off-sea­son to en­sure they had the depth to com­pete across all grades.

“There is a bit of work to be done but we have a few things in mind,” Hussey said.

“We’ve got some great ju­niors com­ing through, but we might even look at bring­ing in some play­ers from over­seas.”

But the CFN would be hes­i­tant to in­tro­duce a ninth club to the First Grade com­pe­ti­tion be­cause it would im­pose the need for a bye each week.

A Mud­dies First Grade side would be likely to re­place the strug­gling In­n­is­fail who, this sea­son, again fin­ished bot­tom of the ta­ble.

Turn­ing to this week­end’s fix­tures, Hussey said a good start was cru­cial for the sec­onds in their Semi-Fi­nal against Norths.

The Mud­dies bowlers were fierce last round with strike bowlers Ben Vikionko­rpi and Daniel Har­ris rip­ping through Norths’ top or­der.

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